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NFL Week 15 matchups have playoff look

NFL Week 15 matchups have playoff look

Six days after thrashing the Houston Texans, the New England Patriots take on another likely division winner with Super Bowl aspirations when the San Francisco 49ers visit them on Sunday.

Should New England, the NFL’s highest scoring offense, do the same to the 49ers, who have allowed the second fewest yards, then nobody will doubt the Patriots have earned the favorite’s role.

“Brady’s going to make plays. His offense is going to make plays,” 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers said. “Our defense is going to make plays. We just want to make more than him at the end of the game.”

But even with the No. 2 defense in the league, the 49ers are dealing with some special stuff as the Patriots take aim at several NFL offensive records.

Niners coach Jim Harbaugh said of the Patriots: “Multiple strengths: A really good scheme, really good play calling and then great individual effort at each position, the great ability they have to play as a team. You could talk for hours about how good they are.”

The game is just one of many in a week that might be even better than the playoffs, with so many matchups between contenders.

AFC West champion Denver is at AFC North leader Baltimore, NFC South champion Atlanta meet the NFC East leading New York Giants, NFC North leader Green Bay is at Chicago, Indianapolis at AFC South leader Houston, Pittsburgh at Dallas, and Minnesota at St. Louis. Denver Broncos have won eight straight as their defense has become staunch. That gives them an edge in that area over the sputtering Ravens, which says a lot in itself considering how good Baltimore’s defense usually is.

Then there’s the comfort level Peyton Manning has gained with his Broncos playmates on offense. In contrast, the Ravens fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron this week, replacing him with Jim Caldwell coincidentally, Manning’s last coach in Indianapolis before the four time MVP headed to Denver.

“I really felt he took my game to another level,” Manning said. “He’s also been a tremendous friend to me and mentor. I miss being around him every day and I miss his friendship every day. That’s how I feel about Jim.”

Although Atlanta has the best record in the NFC, its looked vulnerable for more than a month. One of two undefeated teams at home Seattle is the other Atlanta needs to re establish some momentum after a weak performance in a loss at Carolina.

What better way than against the Super Bowl champions?

“When you set out at the beginning of the year, you want to win every game that you play,” Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said. “You can’t worry about what everybody else is doing and what that means in terms of your playoff picture. I think we just played poorly last week and that’s something we can’t do again this week.”

The Giants also have been up and down and have only a one game lead in the NFC East, where Dallas and Washington have better divisional records.

Elsewhere on Sunday, it’s Seattle against Buffalo in Toronto; Washington at Cleveland, Tampa Bay at New Orleans; Jacksonville at Miami; Carolina at San Diego; Detroit at Arizona; and Kansas City at Oakland.

On Monday, the New York Jets are at Tennessee.

The action began on Thursday when the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Philadelphia Eagles 34 13, as Andy Dalton threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score.

NFL News Archive

NFL News Archive

Seahawks First Round Pick Signs, Reports for Camp(Aug. 3) The Seattle Seahawks have signed first round draft pick Chris Spencer, a center out of Mississippi, who also reported for practice on Wednesday.

Bears May Lose Azumah to Hip Surgery(Aug. 3) According to the Chicago Tribune, cornerback/kick returner Jerry Azumah may be facing hip surgery and could miss the next three weeks of the preseason.

Millen Signs Five Year Extension(Aug. 3) Despite a shaky record through his tenure as president and CEO of the Detroit Lions, Matt Millen has been given a five year extension.

Deion Failed Steroids Test, or Did He?(Aug. 2) Deion Sanders says he failed a steroids test before making his comeback with the Ravens because of a treatment for a sprained ankle, but the Baltimore Ravens say that’s not the case.

McDougle Released from Hospital(Aug. 2) Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Jerome McDougle was released from Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami just five days after being shot in the abdomen during a robbery attempt.

Second Rounder Webster Agrees to Deal(Aug. 2) The New York Jets have signed their top draft pick, second round cornerback Corey Webster out of LSU. Details were not immediately available.

Redskins Sign Cornerback Carlos Rogers(Aug. 2) The Washington Redskins have signed former Auburn cornerback Carlos Rogers just hours after agreeing to terms with their other first round draft pick Jason Campbell.

Seymour and Patriots Reach Agreement(Aug. 2) The New England Patriots and defensive lineman Richard Seymour have reached an agreement that will end the three time Pro Bowler’s holdout.

Bengals Sign Rookie Linebacker Thurman(Aug. 2) Rookie middle linebacker Odell Thurman has agreed to a five year deal with the Bengals, and is expected to attend his first practice Tuesday afternoon. His addition is a boost to a linebacking corps that is a little depleted at this time. Although head coach Marvin Lewis named Thurman the starter at MLB, reports say the rookie will have to work his way back into the lineup.

Jaguars Agree to Terms with WR Matt Jones(Aug. 2) The Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to terms on a contract with rookie wide receiver Matt Jones. Jones, who is transitioning from the quarterback position he played at Arkansas, is expected to report to training camp today.

Reid Angered by Westbrook’s Absence(Aug. 3) Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid ripped into running back Brian Westbrook, who is holding out in protest of his contract situation.

Williams Controlling Addictive Behavior(Aug. 3) Ricky Williams told reporters Tuesday he thinks he has “done a pretty good job” of controlling his addictive behavior.

Azumah Out After Hip Surgery(Aug. 3) Chicago Bears cornerback/kick returner Jerry Azumah will miss the next three to four weeks after undergoing hip surgery earlier today.

Colts’ Stokley Suffers Dislocated Shoulder(Aug. 4) Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Brandon Stokley suffered a dislocated shoulder in practice Thursday morning and is expected to miss three to four weeks.

Bengals and Pollack at Impasse?(Aug. 4) The Hamilton Journal News is reporting that the Cincinnati Bengals and first round draft pick David Pollack have reached an impasse in contract negotiations and the sticking point appears to be the signing bonus.

Jamal Lewis Return Delayed(Aug. 4) The return of Jamal Lewis to the Baltimore Ravens has been delayed until next week because final details of his probation have not been worked out.

Courtney Brown Injured Again(Aug. 4) Injury prone defensive lineman Courtney Brown, who has missed 33 games since being the first draft pick in 2000, is hurting again. Brown, who came to the Denver Broncos over the offseason, suffered a dislocated left elbow and is expected to miss at least four to six weeks.

Dolphins and Seahawks Swing Trade(Aug. 4) The Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks have agreed to a deal that will send former Seahawks third round draft choice Kris Richard to the Miami Dolphins for defensive end Ronald Flemons

Owens Strains Groin, Reid Says It’s Legit(Aug. 4) Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens suffered a strained groin at practice Thursday morning, and head coach Andy Reid made a point of letting the media know that the injury is legitimate, not simply a charade by the disgruntled receiver.

Panthers’ Safety Minter Injures Knee(Aug. 4) Carolina Panthers safety Mike Minter suffered a knee injury during practice Thursday, but the extent of the injury is unknown at this time.

Cardinals’ Boldin Suffers Broken Nose(Aug. 5) For the second straight training camp, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin has suffered an injury, however, the broken nose he received at practice Thursday is not likely to cost him any regular season action.

Drummond Finally Signs with Lions(Aug. 5) Detroit Lions’ Pro Bowl kick returner Eddie Drummond finally signed his one year, $1.4 million contract.

Eagles Lose Pinkston for the Year(Aug.

Cowboys Rookie Spears Carted Off Field(Aug. 5) The Cowboys official website reports rookie defensive lineman Marcus Spears suffered a knee injury during practice and had to be carted off the field. The extent of the injury is not known at this time.

Jim Kelly’s Son Dies(Aug. 5) Hunter Kelly, the son of Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, lost his battle with a nervous system disease Friday at the age of eight.

Cowboys’ Spears Out 4 5 weeks{Aug. 5) The Dallas Cowboys announced late Friday afternoon that first round draft pick Marcus Spears will be out four to five weeks with a torn MCL, high ankle sprain and a groin pull.

Falcons Beat Colts in Japan(Aug. 6) Matt Schaub threw two touchdown passes in the first half of Saturday’s exhibition opener, leading the Atlanta Falcons past the Indianapolis Colts 27 21 in the American Bowl.

Ravens Reach Deal with Rookie Clayton(Aug. 6) Ravens top draft pick Mark Clayton, a standout wide receiver at Oklahoma, signed a five year, $8.2 million contract Saturday, ending a five day holdout.

Ty Law Agrees to Terms with the Jets(Aug. 6) The Newark Star Ledger reports that an agreement in principle has been reached on a multiyear deal, contingent on Law passing a physical. The deal, reported to include a signing bonus of $5 million to $6 million and average roughly $6 million per season, is said to be heavily backloaded and filled with incentives.